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EU-China improve multi trade system

Can the EU and China improve the multilateral trade system without the United States?

By John Farnell

8 December 2019

The disruptive approach of the United States towards international economic relations has changed the way that China and the EU talk to each other about the rules of trade. This is not surprising: international trade is more important to these two mega-economies than to the United States.

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Welcome recalibration of sino greek relations

Welcome Recalibration of Sino-Greek Relations

By Plamen Tonchev

7 November 2019

Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis returns from a visit to Shanghai and hosts China’s president Xi Jinping in Athens three days later – no doubt, the media cannot miss this! The exchange of high-level visits between Greece and China within a single week would suggest an impressively tight bond between the two countries. Yet, this may be a bit of a rash conclusion. Assessing Sino-Greek relations and guessing where they may be heading next requires a step back in time and a look at the way the two countries got to this point. 

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Changing Asia

Changing Asia and the EU

By Fraser Cameron

28 October 2019

Changing Asia – EU Struggling for influence


The following reflects talks with a wide range of stakeholders in several Asian countries (Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, Thailand) over the past month. 

The dominant issue everywhere is the rise of China and its implications for the region as well as each individual country. A related concern is the unpredictability of the Trump administration – his outspoken attacks on the alliances with Japan/Korea, his admiration and friendships with Xi and Kim – and US goals via-a-vis China. 

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong - What Now?

By Fraser Cameron

22 October 2019

The Hong Kong crisis – what now? 

The demonstrations in Hong Kong have now been going on for several months and are becoming more violent. Molotov cocktails have been thrown at the police who have responded by firing warning shots with live ammunition. Last week a protestor was shot and a policeman stabbed. This is highly unusual as Hong Kong has no tradition of violent protests.

As tensions mount between the public and police, Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, is struggling to restore order and find a solution. If she fails, Beijing has threatened to intervene — a move that could bring to an end what remains of the 'one country, two systems' model that was agreed when Britain returned sovereignty to China in 1997. Meanwhile Hong Kong is losing business to rival cities and tourists are staying away. 

With local elections scheduled for 24 November, there is considerable uncertainty about the future. A sweeping victory for the Pan Democratic movement would further complicate matters.

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In Privacy We Trust - Can Europe Lead in AI?

By Antti Tulonen

30 September 2019

The EU should not emulate the lax regulatory approach of China or the US to compete, but to leverage its pioneering privacy rules as a competitive advantage.

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The EU and Hong Kong

By David Hutt

23 August 2019

23 August 2019

In our latest opinion editorial, political journalist David Hutt considers what the implications of the ongoing protests in Hong Kong may be for the Sino-European relationship, and how the EU ought to respond.

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Hong Kong Demonstrations Highlight Governance Flaws

By Simon Henderson

23 July 2019

The massive protests against the extradition law in Hong Kong reveal how the Hong Kong government’s approach to policy making is plagued by a disconnect with the views of Hong Kong people, argues Simon Henderson, a Hong Kong-based human rights lawyer.

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Continuity Marks EU-China Relations

By Fraser Cameron

17 July 2019

The new European Union leadership is unlikely to change the current trend in EU-China relations, which are based on a pragmatic mix of cooperation and competition. At the same time, the leaders will have to give priority to a number of pressing domestic concerns.

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ASEAN-EU Relations: It Takes Two To Tango

By Fraser Cameron

8 July 2019

8 July 2019

Director of the EU-Asia Centre Fraser Cameron holds hope for the future of ASEAN-EU partnership despite the recent setbacks.

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Gotta Serve Somebody? Not Necessarily: Europe in the US-China Crossfire

By Plamen Tonchev

3 May 2019

Plamen Tonchev argues that the U.S.-China-EU triangle, even though based on inherently competitive relations and even rivalry, remains a global arrangement, whereby each side needs allies, depending on the issue at stake.

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